The controversies surrounding the presidential campaigns of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has taken a new turn, as Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has alleged that he has been sidelined.
Mohammed, who is also the Vice Chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, accused Atiku and his inner circle of sidelining him and that they have threatened to teach him a lesson for contesting against him (Atiku) at the patty’s primary in May.
The Bauchi State governor said these in a protest letter, with reference number, GH/OFF/09/V.I, and dated November 3, 2022, claiming he was excluded “excluded from the activities of the PCC” as it relates to his office.
The letter, which was addressed to the party chair, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, was signed by Mohammed, his deputy, Senator Baba Tela; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman; state Chairman of the PDP, Hamza Akuyam and 30 others.
The letter read in part: “I was deliberately sidelined from the reach-out campaign of the PCC in Kaduna, which interacted with major stakeholder groups and the northern political establishments such as the Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders’ Forum, Sadauna Foundation, Arewa Research and Development Progress, etcetera.”
Mohammed also alleged that he was targeted by some political gladiators purportedly endorsed “directly or indirectly by the presidential candidate of our party, Atiku Abubakar.”
The letter added: “While Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his political cohorts insist that I must be “punished” for contesting against him during the presidential primaries of our party. The self-acclaimed ‘kingmakers’ around the Waziri Adamawa want a pound of flesh from me because I have refused to capitulate to their unbridled sense of entitlement which is pregnant with selfishness and dictatorial tendencies.
“The last group of the “Bala Must Go” campaigners are those whose egos have been bruised by my continued political relevance, rising national profile and the groundswell of public acclamation that have trailed unprecedented developmental strides of the PDP-led administration in the state.”